Hunting The Wild Spirit
Domestication has its advantages.
I like air conditioning on hot days. I like refrigerators for keeping my food fresh. I like hot showers and my state-of-the-art music studio.
I revel in being lost amongst the plants and trees, moving on all four limbs. The feeling of the stone under hand as I pivot my hips through the air and land my feet silently on another rock in front of me. I revel in the keen intensity of my vision, my hearing, my sense of smell. Entire worlds are painted by my senses that reveal jewels hidden from sight but plain to those who know how to sense them. I feel a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose. I feel my legitimate place in the wild world. My heart beams and I draw upon a wellspring of creative potential that is unrivaled in the domesticated world.
The connection to my wild self is a relationship like any other. It requires effort, communication, growing pains, and commitment. It also provides clear doorways to entire realms of possibility that do not exist for those who never initiate themselves into their wild birthright.
I have spent the last weekend with men from around the country going through powerful initiations to reawaken the wildman in each of them. Reclaiming the Wildman, as it is called, is a powerful tool, a necessary step in our Creative Integration. Whether man or woman, there exists a deep, primal self that must be fed.
Many people fear their wild selves. Wildness has become synonymous with ‘uncontrolled’, ‘aggressive’, ‘unruly’ and even ‘dangerous’. This, however, is only applicable to the Wounded Wild, the Suppressed Wild.
Wild is calm. Wild is focused. Wild in purposeful.
Our wild self is the gatekeeper to our wisdom, emotional maturity, physical grace and focus. Indeed, this wild, primal part of our being is the key to all goals our heart truly desires through art, business, family and beyond.
In a world where the wild spirit is so feared and buried in the hearts of nearly everyone, having an intimate connection to your wild self is powerful leverage. It is apparent even when you don a suit and tie. It exists in your posture, a gleam in your eye. It exists in a way that impacts those around you even if they do not understand why.
And this is what we perhaps fear the most. Once we unleash our wild spirit we shall not tame it again. We will yearn for the wild places, for the scents, sights and sounds, the feel of stone and wood. We will crave the silence and stillness from which our true power is derived. We will no longer be able to attend to business as usual.
And yet we will thrive in business. We will thrive in our domesticated lives. We will know that we are free and wild, truly, beyond all the e-mails we answer and phone calls we take.
I suppose that is why I write this. It is to encourage you.
You are alive, now.
Do you want to truly feel what it is like to live?
Come join me in the wilderness or go solo. Leave your domesticated world behind. Revel in discomfort until your relationship to comfort changes. Revel in the wild darkness until your fear of the dark inside of you dwindles.
The time is now. Do not waste another precious day of life without your wild depths integrated within.